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Member States

Cities and Local Authorities

Cities and Local Authorities
  • © UNESCO
  • Lamu Old Town (Kenya)
    World Heritage site (2001)

In a context of universal urbanization, UNESCO is providing local authorities with the fruits of decades of study, research and experience in the field.

Each of its spheres of competence is reflected in the concerns of the cities’ decision-makers, who are sometimes confronted with critical situations in education, culture, the natural sciences, the social sciences, or communication and information. Preserving historic centres without evicting their inhabitants, communicating, managing inadequate water resources, winning people over to sustainable development are all problems of local policy to be solved after consultation, with the overriding need to preserve resources for future generations ever borne in mind.

  • Publications


    • 09-12-2010St-Etienne and Sydney nominated UNESCO Creative Cities
      The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, designated St-Etienne (France) as "City of Design" and Sydney (Australia) as "City of Film" on 22 November 2010, as part of the Organization’s Creative Cities Network. More

    • 08-10-2010Irina Bokova speaks of New Humanism in Milan
      On 7 October 2010, during a ceremony in which she was awarded a degree honoris causa in European and International Politics from the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan, Italy, UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova detailed her vision of New Humanism for the 21st century. “New humanism must guide us in the conduct of development for the poorest countries,” she stated. More

    Historic Districts for All: A Social and Human Approach for Sustainable revitalization
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    UNESCO and civil society
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    UNESCO and: Clubs for UNESCO, Parliaments and interparliamentary Organizations, Cities and Local Authorities
    The International Coalition of Cities against Racism

    2010 Shenzhen International Conference and UNESCO Creative Cities Network
    • 06-12-2010 to 
    • 09-12-2010
    Europe and North America Latin America and the Caribbean Africa Arab States Asia Pacific